Regular exercise is a necessary part of losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Exercise can also help prevent many chronic diseases and helps improve your overall mood. Incorporating regular exercise into your weight loss (and weight maintenance) program significantly improves your chances of achieving long-term results.
Before you begin exercising, be sure to check with your doctor to make sure your exercise plan is appropriate for you. If you do not exercise currently, we recommend you wait three weeks before you begin. Once you have been deemed ready, adopt a slow pace and gradually increase the amount of time spent on the activity. If you are currently exercising, we recommend you cut your current plan in half during the first three weeks, then gradually build it back up.
The Medifast Exercise Guide will help you learn more about exercise and its value. This guide will also provide tips regarding how to exercise, when to exercise and the type of exercise activities we recommend. We will also introduce you to the Medifast Walking Program. This 12-week walking program is great for beginners OR exercise veterans – and will help you incorporate a consistent workout schedule into your healthy lifestyle.
BENEFITS OF EXERCISE
We all know exercise can help you stay trim and in shape, but there are a number of health benefits sometimes overlooked:
- Helps prevent chronic diseases (such as heart disease), stroke, and diabetes
- Improves your overall mood
- Reduces high blood pressure
- Reduces stress
- Strengthens muscles, bones, and joints
- Improves metabolism and increases your energy level
- Strengthens immune system
- Helps prevent depression
- Increases bone density, which helps prevent osteoporosis